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One more thing. And don't respond to this; it's not up for discussion.
In character and intelligence, Rhys Jones is so far above you, you can't see the soles of his feet. But you'll never understand that kind of superiority because you think it's all about money and big houses with swimming pools. But I'll bet Rhys sleeps pretty well at night and never, ever stays up until midnight reading and re-reading someone's post until he works himself into a tizzy, because frankly, my dear, he doesn't give a damn.
Mark, you are adorable. Your last three posts soooo prove what the article said.
I have a very busy day ahead of me. So until I have time to address your obsession, your homework is to point me to the article wherein I called you a liar. S'later.
True dat. :-) You got it all over that guy, buddy.
Emotionally secure people "own their mistakes. Insecurity tends to breed artificiality; confidence breeds sincerity and honesty. That's why truly confident people admit their mistakes. They dine out on their screwups. They don't mind serving as a cautionary tale. They don't mind being a source of laughter--for others and for themselves. When you're truly confident, you don't mind occasionally "looking bad." You realize that that when you're genuine and unpretentious, people don't laugh at you. They laugh with you."
Hmmmmm, veddy interesting.
"Defensive behaviors can be the result of a:
Challenge to private or public perceptions of ourselves.
Desire to be perfect in the public's eye.
Lack of self-confidence.
Fear of being found to be less than what was previously thought.
Fear of a loss of status.
Fear of rejection.
Defensiveness is often a reflection of insecurity in individuals. It tends to distort questions into accusations and responses into justifications.  There is a little wonder that effective communication often ends when the speaker or listener becomes defensive. In response to defensiveness, "attack or avoidance" replaces "fight or flight," in a self-perpetuating cycle of events, leading to more threats and accusations, and more defensive behaviors and counterattacks."
Potatoes had hard time being accepted in the New World. Turns out, they were considered poisonous at different times in history. They seem to have started out in Peru and Chile; didn't make it to Ireland until the late 1500s. And check this out:
"A diet that consists predominantly of rice leads to the use of opium, just as a diet that consists predominantly of potatoes leads to the use of liquor."
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher
The original gateway drug!! More spud facts: http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/PotatoHistory.htm
Remember the "suspicious object" in someone's yard that was reported a few years back that turned out to be a potato? They're baaaaaaack ....
Oh, wait. Do you s'pose they meant a tuber, as in someone who was tubing? Nah, I like the flying potato scenario better.
“America is a melting pot, the people at the bottom get burned while all the scum floats to the top.”
― Charlie King, author
I have a little dog, too. Big dogs always want to sniff her and it freaks her out. Big dog owners inevitably say, "It's okay; he's friendly!" My response? "Well, SHE isn't!" They're usually pretty quick to pull their dog back and move on. :-)
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